Boat Buying Tips

Tips to consider when buying a boat

When it comes to buying a boat, you would be able to understand that it would be a pretty big decision. Since this would be something which would cost a great deal of money, you would like to be absolutely sure that it would be worth it.

So, since you do not consider yourself to be an expert on this matter, a bit of help and guidance would be much appreciated. That is exactly where we seem to step in. just continue reading below in order to find out some of the most important things that you would have to keep in mind.

 

Brand new or pre-owned

One of the first things that you would have to decide would be if you would buy a completely new boat or a second-hand one. While it might seem like a pretty clear-cut thing, you should give careful thought before you decide for good. This is because you would be able to find pretty good pre-owned boats, that too at affordable prices. All you would have to do is look for them at the right place. In addition, since boats tend to significantly depreciate during the first year, you would like to make sure that your investment would be worth every penny.

On the other hand, if you would purchase a brand new one, you would know that it would be in perfect condition. With no history of malfunctions or repairs, you would be able to get your peace of mind.

 

Size

In order to determine the size, there would be a couple of questions that you would have to find answers to.

  • Operation

If you would be boating on lakes and rivers, that would mean that you would mostly run it during the day. As such, a boat which would measure around 20 to 40 feet should be good enough. This is because it would come equipped with all the basic amenities which would allow you to have a good time throughout the day.  Fishing boats have many different styles including bass boat, cabin cruiser, center console to name a few.

  • Duration

If you would be planning an overnight stay, you would require a bigger boat. This should include cabin, galley, and other features.

  • Number of passengers

If you would be taking just your family or a group of friends, then a mid-sized boat ought to do the job.

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Motor or sail

This would be a choice that would be made on personal preferences. This is because boats that would be powered by motor has been found to be quite easy to operate. On the other hand, sail-powered boats would be largely dependent on the sail and its direction.

In addition, you would also have to think about the kind of activities for which you are thinking about purchasing a boat. If it would be gentle cruising, deep sea fishing or pleasant fishing, then a sailboat would seem like the perfect choice. or, if you would like to attach waterskis at the back, then a motor would be required for that.

 

Hence, these considerations would help you in narrowing down your choices to some extent. Hopefully, you would be able to make the right decision at the end of the day.

Boat Enthusiast

Being a boat enthusiast

If you would have a driver’s license, you would know that it was something which you were successful in getting because you met the minimum requirements of the state. The same thing could be said about getting your boating license as well. Since you would be out on the water for the majority of the time, the state would like to make sure that you would be well equipped and responsible for it. This is because accidents could occur out on the water as well. If that would not be bad enough, you could cause harm to marine life as well if you would not be careful enough.

So, for all the new boating enthusiasts out there, it would not come as a surprise that you would be feeling pretty overwhelmed. However, it would also be important that you know about boating etiquette and safety. This would definitely help you to prevent trouble with the law while also ensuring that your experience would be pleasurable.

Boating Trips

Boating Manners

If this would be the first time with your boat, you might be impatient to get going. As such, you might not want to wait for anyone to board your boat and then get started. However, a lot of cases have reported that the boat was not prepared properly because the driver was in a hurry. It was for this reason that a lot of mistakes were made which eventually led to accidents taking place. Hence, you would need to maintain boating manners when docking and launching your boat. This would consist of speed, consideration, and efficiency.

 

Boating Safety Three Steps

  • Before you would get started with your boat, you could try practicing with your trailer. In this way, you could familiarize yourself with the different techniques to make sure that you would be able to maneuver it properly when the actual time would come.
  • Before you would arrive at the boat ramp, make sure that you would complete all the pending tasks. This is because you should be ready for launch before you would arrive at the boat ramp.
  • Once you have launched your boat, make sure there would be empty space around you so that you would be able to move about freely. In this way, you would also not need to worry about bumping into another nearby boat and causing damage.

Boat Fanatics

Be friendly to the environment

While you would definitely be entitled to your fair share of fun on your boating trips, you would have to think about the environment as well.

  • You would be able to pay respect to the environment by making sure not to throw trash into the water. In order to prevent this, bring garbage bins and bags so that you would be able to collect all the litter and then throw it afterward.
  • You should make sure that no sewage would be dumped. For this, you should inspect your boat thoroughly to make sure that all the sanitation facilities would be fitted properly.
  • You would like to make sure that no gas or oil would be spilled into the water when you would be refueling.
  • You would also like to avoid parking your boat near grasses and reeds.

 

Being careful with your actions

When you would be out on the water, it would become quite easy to get carried away and lose track of things. When that would happen, you would not be able to realize the damage that you would be causing around you. This would particularly be a nuisance for the other boaters out there. Since you would not be paying attention, mistakes would likely take place.

In terms of mistakes where waking is concerned, it would be a good idea to know of the most common ones. In this way, you would be able to avoid them in the near future.

  • If you would try to overtake another boat, make sure that you would have a wide wake. This would help to prevent a bumpy and rough ride, while also making sure that the boat would be within your control.
  • If you would speed at a wake, you might lose control.
  • When you would be steering your boat towards a wake, make sure that you make a turn at an angle of 45 degrees.